Dantonio Gives Maxwell Starting Nod

After a tumultuous 2012 season, which ended with him watching his backup Connor Cook be the hero of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Andrew Maxwell’s position at starting quarterback looked uncertain at best.But it looks like Maxwell has pulled away from Cook in this battle, for now.

ESPN college football analyst Joe Schad broke the story early August 19th via twitter, saying “Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says Andrew Maxwell is the starter…”

This news comes two days after the Spartan’s second preseason scrimmage, where Maxwell completed nine out of nineteen passes for 77 yards.

Although Maxwell has been named the starter as of now, both Dantonio and Salem have stated numerous times that this quarterback battle very well may lead into the first few games of the season.  To make things more confusing for the Spartan’s staff, freshman Damion Terry threw his name into the mix after completing 10 of his 14 attempts for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns in the same scrimmage.

Head coach Mark Dantonio and quarterbacks coach Brad Salem have reiterated that the two signal callers, Maxwell and Cook, have been neck-and-neck in both their spring and summer practices.

Despite Dantonio and staff breaking their silence regarding who is leading the competition, expect it to continue through the beginning of the season.


Dan Tyler is the host of Spartan Red Zone for Impact Sports.

Photo: David Defever